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on 14 June 2000
Richard Thompson's debut novel falls firmly into that favourite literary genre, the techno thriller. Mention techno thriller and one author springs to mind and when I tell you that Thompson's novel is based around the activities of a submarine you know he has his work cut out.
'Tiger Cruise' is the story of an American submarine, the USS Woodbridge, taking a two-day PR, or tiger cruise with members of the crew's family. The submarine finds itself immersed in an international crisis when a mid-Atlantic earthquake sends a series of tsunamis towards the East coast of the United States. At the same time in the Middle East, an Iraqi faction are delivering a genetically altered strain of Anthrax to a mini submarine that will travel to America, launching an attack that will decimate the country. With the US Navy crippled, the country's only hope lies with the Woodbridge and her depleted crew.
The book follows the tried and tested formula of a multi-strand plot converging for a climatic finale. The story is evenly divided between the USS Woodbridge, the Iraqi terrorists and Knox Jones a CIA operative whose suspicions are aroused after the murder of a United States inspector in Iraqi. The guy from Langley turns out to be the major character in the story and I would hazard a guess that he might reappear in future adventures (sound familiar?). Thompson has an appealing style of writing, combining the in-depth knowledge of Tom Clancy with the useful literary tool, of which Michael Crichton is a master, of employing his characters to explain technology to each other and, by default, the reader. For example; want to know the basis of marine seismology? Then after a couple of pages of dialogue between the scientists who discover the earthquake you'll be fully clue in.
The author is actually ex-navy so has brought a commanding knowledge of naval process to the book. His descriptions of life aboard the submarine are well observed with small details providing a high level of authenticity. Whilst Clancy is a master of research, Thompson's real-life credentials give a strong credibility to his technical narrative. The presence of the crew's family is handled sensibly, particularly where the Captain's young son is concerned. Alarm bells rang when he appeared and I was fearing a cringe factor of Spielberg proportions, however he is used in such a way as to not cause any grinding of teeth. Likewise, other civilians on the submarine demonstrate skills that prove useful and do not hinder the logic of the story.
The book is not without its faults. This is quite a basic story with Thompson sticking to an action-driven plot and avoiding large amounts of political commentary (not necessarily a bad thing). There is little character development beyond a few lines of background on the main players. Consequently the book lacks the complex feel you associate with your average techno-thriller, although coming in at a relatively short 280 pages means the story and action plotting are quite sufficient to hold the interest.
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on 30 September 2012
The Tiger Cruise was a very enjoyable book to read. It had an unusual plot which I found very interesting and it all fitted together well. It was easy to read without too much technical stuff and moved along at a good pace.
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on 5 June 2013
Goo techno thriller from the author. Not qite in the Tom Clancy class but an enjoybale easy read whilst on holiday. Would read further books from this author. Godd value for the price paid
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on 4 May 2013
Another brilliant book by Richard Thompson, great read and fascinating exploits of an undersea adventure. Great to see the hero was a 10 yr old.
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on 18 June 2013
very much a simple boys own, goodies defeat the baddies and we all lived hapilly ever after type of book. Not what I expected sadly
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Very good story another can,t put it down book by Richard Thompson .He is up there with Tom Clancey and Dale Brown
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on 3 October 2012
It's about 5 different stories in one so it's a bit out of the ordinary. But the good guys win in the end
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on 10 November 2014
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